Bob Corker

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Bob Corker
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U.S. Senate, Tennessee
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 8
PredecessorWilliam H. Frist (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Former Mayor, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Former Commissioner, Finance and Administration, Tennessee
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee, 1974
Date of birthAugust 24, 1952
Place of birthOrangeburg, SC
Net worth$41,539,508
Office website
Campaign website
Bob Corker (b. August 24, 1952) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Tennessee. Corker was first elected to the Senate in 2006.

Corker previously served as the mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Corker is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Corker's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1974: Received his B.S. from University of Tennessee
  • 1995-1996: Served as commissioner, Tennessee Finance and Administration Department
  • 2001-2005: Served as mayor of Chattanooga
  • 2007-Present: U.S Senator from Tennessee

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Corker serves on the following Senate committees[2]:


Corker served on the following Senate committees:


Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Corker voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[3]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[4][5][6]

According to the website Breitbart, Corker was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[7][8]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[9]



See also: United States Senate elections in Tennessee, 2012

Corker won the election.[10] Corker was seeking re-election in 2012. He defeated Brenda Lenard, Mark Twain Clemens, Fred Anderson, and Zach Poskevich in the August 2, 2012 Republican primary. He faced Mark Clayton (D), Shaun Crowell (L), David Gatchell (I), James Higdon (I), Michel Long (I), and Troy Scoggin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012..[11][12]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Corker Incumbent 64.9% 1,506,443
     Democratic Mark E. Clayton 30.4% 705,882
     Constitution Kermit Steck 0.8% 18,620
     Green Martin Pleasant 1.7% 38,472
     Libertarian Shaun E. Crowell 0.9% 20,936
     Independent David Gatchell 0.3% 6,523
     Independent Michael Joseph Long 0.3% 8,085
     Independent Troy Stephen Scoggin 0.3% 8,080
Total Votes 2,320,189
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Corker is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Corker raised a total of $33,271,617 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[14]

Bob Corker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Tennessee) Won $14,412,168
2006 U.S. Senate (Tennessee) Won $18,859,449
Grand Total Raised $33,271,617


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Corker's reports.

Bob Corker Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 12, 2012$7,389,337.44$1,164,932.29$(528,912.97)$8,025,356.76
July Quarterly[16]July 12, 2012$8,025,356.76$851,118.14$(1,466,659.92)$7,409,814.98
October Quarterly[17]October 12, 2012$6,311,937.17$649,581.95$(621,686.97)$6,339,832.15
Running totals


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Corker is a "centrist Republican," as of July 2, 2013.[18]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Corker missed 24 of 1,933 roll call votes from January 2007 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.2%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[19]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Corker paid his congressional staff a total of $2,399,016 in 2011. He ranks 22nd on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 29th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranks 23rd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Corker's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $6,625,018 and $76,453,998. That averages to $41,539,508, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 30.24% from 2010.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Corker's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $11,679,048 and $107,420,996. That averages to $59,550,022, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[22]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Corker ranked 35th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[23]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Corker ranked 21st in the conservative rankings.[24]

Political positions

Voting with party


Bob Corker voted with the Republican Party 88.1% of the time, which ranked 19th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[25]

Recent news

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Corker and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Bob Corker," Accessed November 4, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  4. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  5. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  6. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  7. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  8. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  9. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  10. Politico "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  11. Tennessee Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Filings," April 5, 2012
  12. Associated Press primary results
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Donor history for Bob Corker" Accessed April 25, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "Bob Corker's April Quarterly," Accessed October 24, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Bob Corker's July Quarterly," Accessed October 24, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Bob Corker's October Quarterly," Accessed October 24, 2012
  18. Gov Track "Corker," Accessed July 2, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Corker," Accessed April 11, 2013
  20. LegiStorm "Bob Corker"
  21., "Corker, (R-Tennessee), 2011"
  22., "Corker, (R-TN), 2010"
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Frist
U.S. Senate - Tennessee
Succeeded by